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Physicians at Silver Cross Rank Among “Top Doctors” On U.S. News Media Group’s List

Joliet, IL (August 11, 2011) – Silver Cross Hospital announced today that 14 physicians on the hospital’s Medical Staff were included among U.S. News & World Report’s Top Doctors, a peer-nominated list.

Physicians on the list include:

Name                                                  Specialty                                 Office Location

Frederick Alexander, M.D.                 Infectious Disease                   Joliet

Eric Bass, M.D.                                   Colon and Rectal Surgery       Joliet

Mark Danielson, M.D.                        Surgery                                       Joliet

Daniele De Girolami, M.D.               Cardiology                                 Joliet

John Dongas, M.D.                            Cardiology                                 Joliet

Michael Gartlan, M.D.                         ENT-otolaryngology               Joliet

John Giroux, M.D.                                Pediatrics                                 Homer Glen

Theresa Majka-Kravets, M.D.            Nephrology                              Joliet

Seif Martini, M.D.                                  Cardiology                               Joliet

Kathleen McCahill, M.D.                     Neurology                                Joliet

Thomas Moore, M.D.                           Pediatrics                                Shorewood

Sarode Pundaleeka, M.D.                   Hematology                            Joliet

Robert Schubert, M.D.                          Internal Medicine                   Joliet

Maria Sosenko, M.D.                            Rheumatology                        Joliet

“We are thrilled to have many of our innovative physicians honored with this esteemed recognition,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “As a result of our physicians’ deep commitment to providing exceptional quality care and compassion to our patients, Silver Cross has been a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years.”

U.S. News Top Doctors was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. It draws from Castle Connolly’s database of Top Doctors, all recommended for their clinical skills by other doctors and individually vetted by a physician-led research team. Consumers can search for a Top Doctor by location, hospital affiliation, and a full range of specialties and subspecialties.

U.S. News Top Doctors builds on the Best Hospitals rankings, which the magazine updated in July. Health consumers can view a complete list of rankings at

“For decades, the Best Hospitals rankings have helped guide patients who need an especially high level of care to hospitals that excel in providing it,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Top Doctors has a similar mission. We want to help consumers find the doctors in their area who come highly recommended by other physicians.”

Castle Connolly assembled the roster of Top Doctors by soliciting nominations from physicians in academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional hospitals and physicians in private practice. Its research team then reviewed each nominee’s training, achievements, and appointments, among other credentials.

About the U.S. News Media Group
The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine,, and  Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans, and more.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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